Revision strategies

How to revise

Revision tips

  • Revise in short chunks and take regular breaks - make a timetable for revision/homework
  • Avoid simply reading books and notes - instead, make flashcards or mind maps on specific topics
  • Practice exam questions regularly!
  • Avoid distractions - save them for your breaks!
  • Use topic checklists to help you identify what to focus on.

Don't just focus on content

Here are some things to consider when revising. Remember you are not just assessed on knowledge of each topic.

  • Learn the 21 required practicals
  • Learn the definition of Accuracy, Repeatability, Validity and Precision, and examples.
  • Practice plotting graphs
  • Practice analysing trends in graphs
  • Learn the 21 equations
  • Practice re-arranging equations
  • Practice exam questions.
  • Learn how to calculate the mean (average) number from a set of data

The revision cycle

  • Your revision will work best if you follow a cycle like this.
  • Don't spend too much time making flash cards without practicing actual question, but do take time to do this when you find you get stuck with certain questions.
  • Checklists can help you keep track of what you are confident at and what needs more work.
  • Revision guides are very useful as long as you are using them to help you tackle questions.
  • Science exams contain problem solving questions: It is not a good use of time to simply read the revision guides as this won't help you practice these skills.

Combined Science checklists for every topic

Click the tabs to see a checklist for each topic

Combined overview